Miss Universe(R) Amelia Vega to Visit North Bergen High School in New...

Miss Universe(R) Amelia Vega to Visit North Bergen High School in New Jersey to Help Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Verizon Donates Computers and Books during Second Annual Celebration


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–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)

ADVISORY for Tuesday, September 28th

Bergen, New Jersey – September 24th, 2004 — As part of Verizon’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrity guest Miss Universe 2003, Amelia Vega, will participate in a special “Achieve Your Dreams, Preserve Your Heritage” (Logra Tus Sueños…Conserva Tu Herencia) award ceremony to present computers, educational equipment and books to underserved public schools. Invited guests include students, parents, local school officials and Verizon representatives. Ms. Vega, a native of the Dominican Republic, will also read to the students and share her personal success story. The participating schools receiving the donation in New Jersey include: North Bergen High School, Belleville School Number 4 and Public School 1 – Prospect Park.

WHAT:

For the second year in a row, “Verizon’s Achieve Your Dreams, Preserve Your Heritage” (Logra Tus Sueños…Conserva Tu Herencia) Hispanic community outreach initiative recognizes Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15), and demonstrates Verizon’s ongoing commitment to the communities it serves. In 2004, Verizon will present a total of 120 new desktop computers, various educational software, 36 new printers, and 16,000 books (which include recommended reading Scholastic books and bilingual dictionaries) to 12 predominantly Hispanic schools located in New York City, New Jersey, Boston, and Washington, D.C.

WHEN:

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Presentation to begin promptly @ 10:00 a.m.

WHERE:

North Bergen High School

7417 Kennedy Blvd

North Bergen, New Jersey 07047

PHOTO OPP:

— Nearly 200 students, most of Hispanic origin, along with parents, school officials and administrators

— Amelia Vega, 2003 Miss Universe (R)

— Eliezer Diaz, Verizon Director of Installation and Maintance, Workplace

— Marisol Martinez, Verizon Marketing Communications Manager

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CONTACT:

Etienne Hernandez-Medina

310-849-3663

Miss Universe(R) Amelia Vega to Visit North Bergen High School in New Jersey to Help Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month